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Staying slim at the bar

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  • Wine

    Red wine has about 150 calories per 6-ounce serving.

    White wine has a bit less, at 145 calories.

    Pay extra attention if you're ordering a bottle, Neily says. Servers tend to fill your glass throughout the night, and it becomes hard to tell how much you've consumed.

    Light beer

    A 12-ounce bottle of Miller Light has 96 calories.

    Coors Light has 102 calories.

    Corona Light, 105 calories.

    Bud Light, 110.

    Alcohol

    A 6-ounce vodka and club soda contains 97 calories.

    If you don't like vodka, try rum and Diet Coke.

    Each type of liquor is about 97 calories for 1.5 ounces, Sandon says.

    That's one jigger or a standard shot. Fruit juices add 80 more calories.


  • Regular beer

    A 16-ounce pint of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale contains 267 calories (175 calories for a 12-ounce bottle).

    Pints of Bass Ale and Sam Adams Boston Lager will set you back 213 calories.

    A pint of Shiner Bock has 190 calories.

    Cosmopolitan

    An 8-ounce cosmopolitan has 322 calories. That's slightly larger than the traditional 6-ounce martini glass, but some bars serve them big.

    Chocolate martini

    A 6-ounce chocolate martini contains 438 calories.


  • The size of a drink has a lot to do with whether it'll bust your diet.

    A 12-ounce strawberry margarita, for instance, has 408 calories. But cut it in half, and it's not that bad.

    Likewise, a dirty martini clocks in at 142 calories, made with 2 ounces of gin or vodka and two olives. But few places serve such small martinis.



A few weekends of solid partying can make your jeans feel tight.

But do you know how much calorie damage one alcoholic drink can do? And can you still drink alcohol if you're trying to stay healthy?

Yes, says Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. She says moderate alcohol consumption is fine.

That's defined as one drink per day for women and two drinks for men. One drink equals 5 ounces of wine, a 12-ounce bottle of beer or 11 / 2 ounces of liquor.

Here's more on the best and worst drinks for your waistline, using information provided by Sandon and Jennifer Neily, a registered dietitian:

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